Over the Christmas period we produce a lot of rubbish and it is therefore essential that we try to reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible. Overflowing dustbins and extra bags of refuse are a common sight in the streets after Christmas. Just look at some of the facts:
The Royal Mail delivers around 150 million cards and packets each day during the pre-Christmas period.
It is estimated that up to 1 billion Christmas cards (17 for every man, woman and child) could end up in bins across the UK.
It is estimated that over Christmas as much as 83 square km of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey.
We use approximately an extra 750 million bottles and glass containers, and 500 million drinks cans and about 20% to 30% more glass and cans are collected each year over the Christmas period.Cards and wrapping paper are easy to recycle In support of the Woodland Trust, you can recycle the cards at participating stores (TK Maxx, Home Serve and M&S).
Many children's gifts are covered with lots of plastic packaging and cardboard. Most of the plastic packaging can be put into recycling bins as long as it has the PET numbers 1,2 or 4. All other plastics can be taken to your local household waste sorting site for recycling.
Cardboard can be placed into your recycle bins at home unless otherwise stated. If not, then it can be taken to your household waste sorting site for disposal.
Aluminium cans and glass can be placed in your recycling bins.
If you need to dispose of a real tree after Christmas, be sure to recycle it. According to the charity Action for Sustainable Living, over 6m Christmas trees were bought in the UK last year but only 750,000 of those - just 12.5% - were recycled. The remainder created 9,000 tonnes of unnecessary waste, equal to five times the weight of the London Eye. Most councils now gather Christmas trees, chip them and turn them into mulch for use in local parks.